• Everyone can agree that cookies are the universal currency of happiness, but this isn’t your grandmother’s baking. Reagan Lyle, owner of ReaBakes, wants to flip the script on the traditional sugar cookie. And at 24, she’s off to a tasty start.

    A recent Collat graduate (MK ’16), Reagan is one of the many Collat entrepreneurs that have used UAB’s cutting-edge education to propel their business forward, marrying in-class education with real-life application.

  • D SanabriaSome children dream of being doctors, lawyers or firefighters. Daniel Sanabria dreamed of being a stockbroker.

    Daniel, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Collat School of Business, is a native of Spain. He recently completed his UAB MBA, and is one of the start-up CEOs in the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot.

  • jordan ricksJordan Ricks has been playing football since he was 5. He suffered his first injury at 12 when he broke his left femur, the longest and strongest bone in the human body. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to break it, and recovery is often difficult, lasting four to six months. Jordan’s right femur grew to compensate for his injury, causing a height imbalance. “I’m 6’2 on my right leg and 6’1 on my left,” he jokes.

    Jordan used his childhood football experience as the catalyst for a business idea. He recently launched a business that analyzes movements of football players to yield biofeedback on how to train effectively and safely.

  • laura gilmourAfter 20 years in medical sales, Laura Gilmour (above) went back to school to follow her dream of doing "something that was more impactful."For several years, as she traveled hundreds of miles per week across the South for her job in medical software sales, Laura Gilmour had an idea rolling around in the back of her mind. What if she could help bring lifesaving medical equipment to communities around the globe, while contributing to sustainability in her own backyard? She enjoyed her job, but “I knew that I wanted to do something that was more impactful,” Gilmour said. So she started taking classes toward an MBA and a certificate in Global Health Studies at UAB. In August 2018, Gilmour quit her job to focus on her new career trajectory full time. Now her UAB coursework and interactions with faculty have accelerated her plans beyond all expectations. In March, Gilmour launched her own nonprofit. Its mission made such an impression on her mentor, adjunct professor Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D., that Elliott agreed to join her board of directors. “I didn’t expect that we could be moving this quickly,” Gilmour said.

  • Forest SawyerAs someone who sees possibility in disability, Forrest Satterfield refuses to compromise. His willingness to push boundaries has placed him in equally good and bad situations.

    As a UAB freshman, he developed a nasty case of mononucleosis due to a weakened immune system from poor nutrition and sleep.

    “I was so focused on my work that it didn’t leave me much time to do anything else,” he says.

    But it’s that unrelenting drive that has taken Satterfield Technologies from dorm room to board room.

  • Justin Smitth and Talyor Looney, SertawareJustin Smith and Taylor Looney have the charming, hometown warmth you remember on your drive home for the summer: when life stills, everything seems familiar, and people recall when you were this big.

    Together, they comprise Sertaware, LLC, a software start-up that aims to integrate with co-existing electronic healthcare records, making them transferrable between healthcare facilities. Sertaware’s mission is to simplify the patient-care process. Sertaware is one of eight student-run businesses housed within the UAB iLab, an incubator for student businesses and creative idea development located inside Birmingham’s Innovation Depot.

  • patrick murphy streamCollaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial synergy remain top-of-mind for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D., has been tapped as the inaugural Goodrich Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Collat School of Business.

  • patrick murphy 2 streamIn 2017, the cumulative cost of the 16 separate billion-dollar weather events in the United States was $306.2 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Severe storms can and often do damage homes and businesses, which negatively impacts lives.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham students with big ideas for new businesses were awarded $8,500 to pursue and promote their ideas in the third annual Blazer Innovation Challenge this week.

  • Random Logic GamesBirmingham's Random Logic Games is a startup founded by UAB Collat School of Business alumnus Andrew Stone and his business partner, Nick Sloan. Random Logic, which launched in 2012, is a quiet force in a booming industry. Its games have been downloaded more than 25 million times to iPhones, Android tablets and a host of other mobile devices around the world. The company’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes. To meet the growing demands of success, the company is hiring another UAB graduate who interned at the company and considers it to be "a local treasure".

  • innovation icorpThe National Science Foundation has designated the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Innovation Corps Site to strengthen local innovation and foster the engagement of student, staff, faculty and researcher teams in transitioning technology concepts into the marketplace.